I Have have been on a rather tight budget lately, saving for expenses which I am sure will be incurred during my upcoming move to the USA, but when I opened my email today and opened up the latest newsletter from Traditional Stitches I just could not resist buying some of her fabrics.
I have been stitching Mary Wigham on 36 ct. This has been somewhat of a stitching revelation for me. I have always stuck to 32 ct and larger, thinking I could not see well enough to go for a smaller count. As I have gotten older, I am now doing the 'trombone' manoeuvre (holding things at arms length to focus). I have started stitching with my glasses off. I am nearsighted, and I have tried magnifying lenses of all sorts, including prescription, but I can`t stitch using them. Glasses off seems to work fine, and I have not noticed any increase in eyestrain. Even while stitching Mary Wigham. Which brings me to my point...I love the higher count fabrics now! I especially love only using one strand of floss...no twisting, tangling is reduced, no laying tool!! Not to mention the mileage you get from a skein...not a big deal for DMC, but if you are doing a large sampler with expensive silks, it is much more affordable this way! Most antique samplers were stitched on very fine fabrics with one strand of thread. They knew what they were doing!
So, I ordered some of Janice`s fabrics...36 and 40 ct, from her pre-cut fabric selection. These are a wonderful deal anyway, but she is offering an additional discount to her newsletter subscribers. If you haven`t signed up for her newsletter, you should. Granted, she is In Canada, and shipping to the US would be more, but it still may be worth it to those of you 'south of the border'.
As always...keep stitching ladies!